Get top dollar for your house
HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. A Realtor who is successfully moving properties in your neighborhood and comes with references will likely get you a better price for your home than you could get on your own. Most nonprofessionals (homeowners) end up losing more in the transaction than the commission they would have paid a professional.
NO RADICAL CHANGES. Should you remodel the kitchen? Replace fixtures in the bathrooms? Probably not, unless they aren’t working. Often such updates done to achieve a higher sales price don’t pay off. Almost anyone buying your home will want to make their own changes, so you are not likely to recoup your time and money investment. Unless your Realtor recommends major changes like a new roof or exterior paint job, hold off and put your energy into other areas.
APPEARANCE. Curb appeal is the impression your home makes when a potential buyer sees it for the first time.
— Repair cracks in the driveway and on the walkways leading up to your home.
— Keep the landscape neat and tidy.
— Make sure the home looks freshly painted.
— Keep the garage door closed.
— Make sure garbage cans, tools and outside clutter are completely out of sight.
INSIDE CLUTTER. You want the inside of your home to appear as large as possible. That means the clutter in all of the rooms has to go. And don’t stuff it into the closets and cupboards. They need to be clutter-free and neatly organized, too. Motivated buyers look behind every door. Your goal is to create a simplified and calm atmosphere.
CLEAN. The cost to get your house ready to sell will come in terms of time and elbow grease.